Dracula vampira [Luer]Luer 1978 SUBGENUS Dracula SECTION Dracula SUBSECTION Dracula SERIES Dracula Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website

Flower Closeup Photo by Jay Pfahl

Plant and Flower in situ Ecuador Photo by Mike Huben

Common Name The Vampire-Like Dracula

Flower Size 3 1/5" [8 cm]

A medium sized, cool to cold growing, cloud forest epiphyte of western Ecuador at elevations of 1800 to 2200 meters with clustered, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 close, truncate, tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-obovate, acute, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that bloosm at most any time of the year has a basal, pendant to horizontal, 15 to 19" [37 to 57 cm] long, laxly successively single, several flowered inflorescence with obliquely tubular bracts and up to 6, showy, pendant flowers.

Synonyms *Masdevallia vampira Luer 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 9 1979 photo; Thesaurus Dracularum Vol 2 Luer, Escobar and Dalstroem 1989 watercolor/drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 916 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb & Laurent 1992; The Illustratred Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon, 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum X Systematics of Dracula Luer 1993 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 63 No 2 1994 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 64 No 12 1995 photo; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 65 No 2 1996 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 10 1998 photo; Orchid Australia Vol 12 No 2 2000; Australian Orchid Review Vol 65 No 6 2000 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 9 2001 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 No 10 2002 drawing; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 5 2004 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 10 2004 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 2 2005; Australian Orchid Review Vol 70 No 5 2005; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Epidendroedeae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen 2005 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 5 2009 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 10 2005 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 2 2006 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 10 2006 photo; Orchid Digest Vol 72 No 4 2008 photo; Draculas Del Ecuador Pupulin, Merino and Medina 2009 photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 drawing fide; Orchids Masdevallia with its segregates including Dracula Zelenko 2014 photo fide

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